Gumpaste Baby's Breath... Sos Please...

Decorating By kellertur Updated 8 Mar 2014 , 8:31am by gscout73

kellertur Posted 10 Nov 2009 , 11:47pm
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I'm attempting to make this tiny flower (I don't work well small), and according to the Wilton book it's "easy". Can anyone please clarify the direction I'm supposed to fold the sugar onto the wire? The photo is washed out and the instructions are vague.

I'm being VERY careful, but whenever I introduce the "glue" everything sticks to my hand, pulls and tugs at this flower off the wire. icon_sad.gif

I'm sorry, but can anyone please explain this to me like I'm a four yr old? I actually found the Orchid to be easier... icon_redface.gif

thank you

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Texas_Rose Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 12:42am
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I've made them before. Make two very small 5 petal blossoms. Use a veining tool to just press each petal a bit thinner. Stack them with the petals alternating. Then fold it in half, still on the foam pad, using a thin veiner or a plastic needle (press along the center to make one side come up), and put a dot of gum glue on it with a tiny paintbrush. Lay the wire on the dot of glue and press it in a bit so the sides of the flower come up around the wire. Then pinch the flower onto the wire and let it dry.

I'll be honest, it's such a little flower and so aggravating that if I were you, I'd just go buy some real baby's breath and tuck that in with your bigger gumpaste flowers icon_biggrin.gif Nobody is going to be able to tell the difference and I know from your other posts that this cake is due Saturday, so undoubtedly you've got better things to do right now than make baby's breath.

kellertur Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 1:11am
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thank you, you are answering a lot of my posts lately. icon_smile.gif I"ll try it one more time, since the big flowers are done. I need fall filler flowers (??) and I am no hortculturist.

Texas_Rose Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 1:21am
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If you've got any roses in your bigger flowers, rosebuds make nice fillers, both the kind with five petals and a calyx, and the kind that are just the bud. Also, clusters of orange berries would work for fillers...just basically orange pearls on wire, painted with orange gel color mixed with vodka, then when it was dry put a brown dot in the middle of each one.

KARichards46 Posted 5 Mar 2014 , 8:27pm
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Rose, this is the first post I have read from you and I am in stitches laughing!  I have a St. Patrick's Day wedding cake due in the 15th and going out a buying baby's breath sure sounds like a good idea to me...but your instrustions are great, I am going to give one a shot just to see how it comes out...will let you know.

gscout73 Posted 8 Mar 2014 , 8:31am
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I've made babies' breaths and they're not too bad. You have to use a micro amount of moisture or you have a mess. I use 2 tiny five petal flowers with the petals gently thinned. The first will be folded in half and wrapped around the tip of the wire.. I hold the wire so the flower is hanging down and put the bare end thru the center of the second and let it drop all the way down and gently shape it  so it is "around" the first. See below.  This is a sweet 16 cake I made. Once you get the hang of this you will want to make as many as possible to have ready for future cakes. Once dry, they can be stored in Tupperware for a long time.


Let us know what you end up doing.


These are fondant roses and babies breaths.

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